Posts Tagged ‘sheet music’

The Scientist by Coldplay. A piano-driven song but still mellow to strum along on an acoustic guitar. Capo on 3rd fret to match the original recording.

The only tricky little bit is the G chord (relative to capo) marked as G* on the guitar chord chart. At the end of beat 4, there’s a short note that you will hear on the original recording before going into the D chord. I played the G shape but with my pinky finger moved to the 5th fret on high E string relative to capo.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on February 16, 2015

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It’s Christmas time … let’s do a Christmas song. This year, I have chosen the traditional “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. There are many versions of this songs done by many artists. I like Jewel’s version so mine is similar but not exactly the same. Thank you Jesus for His humble birth and let us praise to the new born King!

May the blessings of Christmas fill your home and heart with peace, joy, and happiness. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here is a video of my guitar and vocal cover (Yay! my first vocal cover). Pardon my scratchy voice … still recovering from a nasty cold 😦

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Video recorded on December 18, 2014

All of Me by John Legend – a beautiful piano piece. I learned to play it on guitar and hopefully still able to keep more or less the same feel.

For the rhythm part, I put a capo on fret 1 to avoid most of the barre chords while matching up the original recording (key: Fm). The melody part, I played with no capo pretty much matching the vocal.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on November 11, 2014

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. It’s quite a fun song (and similar chord progressions to Wonderwall by Oasis).

For the rhythm part, I put a capo on fret 1 to avoid most of the barre chords while matching up the original recording (key: Fm). The melody part, I played with no capo.

This is the first time I try to record a multi-tracks video – rhythm, melody, guitar solo (not shown in video), outro. I didn’t do the intro part as I don’t know how or have the device to match with the original record’s tremolo effect.

Step 1: Record the audio and video tracks

  • For the audio tracks, I connected my Fender Mustang I amp directly to my computer with an USB cable and then used Audacity to record the separate tracks.
  • For the videos, I also recorded each of the rhythm, melody, guitar solo, outro part separately with a camcorder (at the same time while I recorded the audio tracks).

Step 2: Merge the audio tracks

  • Merge the separate audio tracks into one single track Audacity.

Step 3: Merge the videos

  • Downloaded the videos from the memory card in camcorder (they are recorded in MP4 format)
  • I used a free video editor, LightWorks to put all the parts together.

Step 4: Put it all together

  • Take the merged video in step 3,  mute the audio from the video
  • Sync up the muted video with the merged audio track in step 2.
  • Export the video to whatever format you like. That’s it.

Merging the audio tracks recorded from the amp is the easiest part of this whole exercise. The hard part is to sync up all the video parts – spent hours on Lightworks doing just that. There must be easier ways to do this!

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on September 1, 2014

The first time I heard of this song was watching one of the 2014 Super Bowl commercials on TV – showing the unbreakable bond between the horse and the dog with this song Let Her Go by Passenger in the background. Not only was the ad so touching, the animals were so cute, the beautiful tune just caught my ears that I listened to it on Youtube over and over. Well, I thought I gotta learn this song some day.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on July 12, 2014

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah 
Intro:
  D               F#m             D               F#m
e-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---3---3---3---3---2---2---2---2---3---3---3---3---2---2---2---2---|
G---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|
D-0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4---0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4-----|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Verse 1:
  D               F#m             D               F#m
e-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---3---3---3---3---2---2---2---2---3---3---3---3---2---2---2-------|
G---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-------|
D-0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4---0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4-----|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|

D                            F#m
Hey there Delilah, What’s it like in New York City?
       D                               F#m
I’m a thousand miles away, But girl tonight you look so pretty, 
  Bm             G        A       Bm              A
e-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---3---3---3-------3---3---2---2---3---3---3---3---2---2---5---5---|
G---4---4---4-------4---4---2---2---4---4---4---4---2---2---2---2---|
D-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-2---2---2---0-----------0---0---2---2---2---2---0---0---0---0-----|
E-----------------3---3---------------------------------------------|
        Bm  G                 A                  Bm             A
Yes you do, Time Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true.  

  D               F#m             D               F#m
e-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---3---3---3---3---2---2---2---2---3---3---3---3---2---2---2-------|
G---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-------|
D-0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4---0---0---0---0---4---4---4---4-----|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|

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I had a lot of fun learning Someone Like You by Adele. It is a piano song but it sounds beautiful with the fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar as well.

Here is a video of me playing along.

[Stay tune for the video …]

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